AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 1 & 2

MS-CORE



PERIPHERAL LANDSCAPES
SUE BARR
Tuesdays, 2-5pm, Room TBC


I photograph to see what things look like photographed…”
Garry Winogrand 

Through digital photography, we will examine a site at the edges of London, where urban/suburban landscapes are both complex and mysterious and the photograph is discovered only through committed observation.

Students will be encouraged to reject the digital camera’s propensity for speed and excessive production of photographs, instead treating the digital photograph as a rare commodity created after prolonged consideration. 

The course will introduce students both to the technical aspects of camera controls along with an introduction to the history of photography and a thorough introduction to aesthetic and conceptual issues in photography.

The AA will provide digital SLR cameras and tripods to students attending this course if they do not have their own.

Session 1: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
- Introduction to the history of photography
- Digital SLR camera workshop:
- technical camera controls: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, manual focusing and depth of field

Session 2: Tuesday 9th October 2018
- Onsite photographic workshop.
- Each student will make a maximum of 10 photographs during this workshop. The aim of the workshop is to - explore the camera as an object for seeing and revealing our site. We will consider very carefully the precise - contents of the cameras viewfinder before pressing the shutter.

Session 3: Tuesday 16th October 2018
- Review and class discussion of photographs made in previous weeks workshop.
- Requirements : 3 - A1 sized, uncropped photographic prints, selected from the 10 made during previous week.

Session 4: Tuesday 23rd October 2018 
- ‘New Topographics and American landscape photography’ presentation.
- Review and class discussion.
- Requirements : 3 - A1 sized, uncropped photographic prints, selected from the 10 made during previous week.

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: Tuesday 6th November 2018
- Exhibition visit – details T.B.C.

Session 6: Tuesday 13th November 2018
- ‘The Dusseldorf school’ presentation.
- Review and class discussion.
- Requirements : 3 - A1 sized, uncropped photographic prints, selected from the 10 made during previous week.

Session 7: Tuesday 20th November 2018

- ‘The Italian School of photography’ presentation.
- Review and class discussion.
- Requirements : 3 - A1 sized, uncropped photographic prints, selected from the 10 made during previous week.

Session 8: MS Jury Day : Tuesday 27th November 2018 
- Final project submission and Final Jury
- Requirements : One photographic triptych (2 x A0 prints)

Technical and course submission requirements:
Every week, prior to our timetabled Tuesday afternoon class, students will visit the site in their own time and make a maximum of 10 photographs. These photographs must be shot in Raw format, preferably using a tripod.

3 of these 10 photographs must then be printed at A1 size for presentation and discussion in the weekly class.

The project will culminate in the production of a large scale photographic triptych (2 x A0 prints)

Reading list:
The Photography Reader – Liz Wells
On Photography – Susan Sontag
Photography, Key Concepts – David Bate
The Photograph as Contemporary Art – Charlotte Cotton
Beauty in Photography – Robert Adam
Why People Photograph – Robert Adam
Thoughts on Landscape – Frank Gohlke
The Complete Essays 1973-1991 – Luigi Ghirri